Continued Growth at Longmont’s Fabulous Finds
Passionate about a good treasure hunt, Clarissa Edelen opened Fabulous Finds Upscale Consignment in April 2011 to fill Longmont’s need for a boutique-style resale store.
The 5,000-square-foot shop features quality clothing, shoes, accessories, furniture, home decor and art and has amassed a consignor list of more than 9,000, many of whom are regulars.
Resale Industry = Green
Edelen says being green is really what the resale industry is all about. Given its mantra to “repurpose, reuse and refuse the pay retail,” the upscale shop appeals to savvy people with environmental convictions.
“Our clients know what they’ve invested in an item, so they’d like to get a little something out knowing that if we don’t sell it here it still goes to charity,” explains Edelen. “There’s really nothing in the resale industry that ever goes to waste.”
Fabulous Finds has something for everyone and has become a destination for guilt-free retail therapy by carrying brands from Gap to Gucci, including Anthropologie and Ann Taylor. Consignors bring in clothing from Littleton and Wyoming, even ship it from New York City, and shoppers appreciate the helpful staff’s honest guidance regarding fit and fashion. It is not uncommon for a group of friends to pass four hours or more looking at all the fabulous things on the racks and in the home furnishings department.
“There are so many little nooks and crannies in the store with something beautiful to rest your eyes on everywhere you look,” says Edelen.
New Full-Figured Boutique
Based on client requests, Edelen opened a full-figure boutique in November 2014 in the same building as the main store. Even at just 900-square-feet, the additional shop fills a need by providing a special, dedicated boutique for a population often frustrated searching for options in other general resale stores. Edelen says the nearest dedicated plus-size resale shop is on Colfax in Denver.
Giving in the Community
Consignors can designate at intake whether they want to receive a check or store credit for the proceeds of the items they consign. While some use this money to fund family vacations, many instead choose to have the money or item (if unsold) passed on to a charity. The recipient list is long and includes options like Hospice Care, Soles 4 Souls, Hover Community Senior Living, the Women’s Foundation of Colorado and Habitat for Humanity.
New Location Planned
Edelen’s next move is to open a specialized thrift boutique in a new, separate location from the main store. The location is yet to be determined, but the plan is to carry clothing for men, women and children, housewares and more with a portion of all proceeds being donated to A Woman’s Work, a timely fund for women in need throughout the St. Vrain Valley. Estimated timing for the new shop is late 2015 or early 2016.